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Keep the BayView newspaper in print

$14,069 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 192 people in 14 months


All of us who have internet access can read the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper ( http://sfbayview.com/) online, but for tens of thousands of our readers, the monthly print edition is essential. The core of the Bay View’s readership lives in the hood or in prison.

Just today a prisoner wrote: “Guys are lined up to read each month of your paper, and the message is spread and respected by every man here. Mass incarceration is a nationwide problem, and the Bay View is the link that solidifies us in this fight.” 

The Bay View is the only newspaper widely read both inside and outside prison

The Bay View print edition is a great big 24-page broadsheet newspaper filled with 30-40 stories each month written mostly by its readers. We publish famous writers too when they write a story that’s too hot for the mainstream press.

The Bay View is an organizer’s right arm. Because the Bay View spread the word, a world record 30,000 prisoners joined the California hunger strike that swung open the doors of thousands of torturous solitary confinement cells and spurred the movement to end prison slavery throughout the U.S. The strike succeeded because the Bay View is a network connecting prisoners with each other and allies in the outside world.

Without enough advertising, newspapers go out of print or out of existence

Advertising is the lifeblood of a newspaper, and many big advertisers have moved away from print. Every month’s Bay View print edition used to carry enough ads to pay for itself, to pay the basic costs of production: printing, distribution and mailing. (The Bay View has no paid staff; we’re all volunteers.) But in recent months, ad revenue has plummeted, and the costs of both printing and mailing have gone up.

In 2017, total income from all sources – ads, subscriptions and donations – averaged only $8,000 per month. Those three basic production expenses total over $7,000 a month. That leaves the rent, utilities, insurance and other necessities to be paid out of advertising and subscription revenue, but we can’t make ends meet without your help.

Why brighten the lives of people in the hood and in prison?

The millions of people in prison and the hoods are our FREEDOM FIGHTERS. From the most intense oppression, like diamonds from coal, comes an unquenchable thirst for liberation – and the Bay View gives that force a voice and an organizing network.

A prisoner in California writes: “The person next cell down asked me if I’d like to read your newspaper … and guess what? I didn’t put it down till I read the whole paper. I loved it.” From Georgia: “I share the paper with countless people, making the younger ones aware of injustice.” From Pennsylvania: “Thank you for the opportunity of getting to know so many others’ struggles, to be able to see that when I am having a bad day that one of my brothers or sisters may have it worse.” From Florida: “The Bay View is an oasis of answers in a desert of questions.” From Texas: “I am in deep gratitude to you for seeing the light in me and giving me a chance to shine.”

For our brothers and sisters in the hood and in prison, please help keep the Bay View in print!
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Happy landings ... but still a rough ride. Since our last update in August, we were jubilant to find the person we hoped would be the perfect new editor ... then lost her to an even better opportunity for her brilliant organizing talents: Amani Sawari is now initiating a Right2Vote Campaign with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak funded by a $50,000 Roddenberry Fellowship. We're thrilled for her and eager to work with her.

Meanwhile, generous supporters have kept the Bay View in print every month to the joy of our core readers in the hood and in prison -- one prisoner writes, "I recently finished reading the most insightful, soul reaching, informative newspaper I've ever held in my hands" -- as well as movers and shakers everywhere. Our intensely thorough coverage over the years of the dangers of radioactive and other toxins at the Hunters Point Shipyard, right here in our neighborhood, the dirtiest Superfund site in the country, has been vindicated and blown up into the biggest eco-fraud story in U.S. history.

And now we need to turn to you again and ask for help in publishing the February 2019 Bay View. The printer needs us to pay for the December paper before they can print this new one. Can you help us raise $3,500 by the first of February?

This adorable little boy, Wanda's grandson, captaining his spaceship at the Chabot Planetarium in this picture that graces the front page of the January Bay View, is counting on us to right the wrongs that jeopardize his future. Can he count on you to show the Bay View some love?
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The September Bay View goes to press tomorrow, Aug. 30. Before they can print, the printer needs us to pay for one more back paper. We only need another $1,000 to cover that check. Can you pitch in?

We've raised the goal to $50,000 to attract a new editor, and already several good people are interested. At this rate, we WILL keep the Bay View in print, to the delight of folks in the hood and in prison who have no web access ... thanks to your generosity!
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Dear friends, I’m tired. Bone tired. For the 27 years I’ve been keeping the editor’s seat warm, I’ve given it my all – and loved every minute – but at 79, I can’t keep going alone.

We need a new editor – urgently, in the next month – not for the day to day work, which I can keep doing, but to chart the way forward. The new editor needs to be paid. Would a dedicated salary fund of $50,000 attract an editor who’s determined to make the Bay View an earthshaking force for justice?

Let’s raise the money and see. The goal is raised to $50,000 ... with hope and prayers.

Until the Bay View is on a firm financial foundation, more volunteers would be a godsend:

• Someone or several people who have time and expertise for serious fundraising of all kinds
• An accountant or bookkeeper who’s mastered QuickBooksOnline to catch up the books – taxes are due in October
• An experienced ad salesperson, initially paid by commission plus a salary when we’re able
• A Speakers’ Bureau to find new allies and strengthen old alliances to build not only the Bay View but the movements we love
• Well known people who got their start or support early on from the Bay View who will speak out to save the paper
• An expert to help make the Bay View a reader-owned co-op, if that’s feasible

Is any of that you? Contact me at editor@sfbayview.com or through GoFundMe.

How I hate to beg … but we need donations to help get the September paper out. Please help if you can. By October, I hope a new editor can lay out a plan for achieving that firm financial foundation. The Bay View should – and can be – self-supporting.
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Had to pass along the good news. What came in here plus from other sources did cover the overdraft this morning! Whew! That's a big step forward, and we will be able to print the paper this month. Since it's so late in the month now, our plan is to make this a combined July-August paper, and hope more help comes in time for the next paper in September. Thanks to each and every person who helped. There are a lot of good stories on our website right now, so check out www.sfbayview.com whenever you can ... for a treat!
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